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Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!!
Author: Josiah McElheny

ISBN: 9780226203003
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 26 August 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 18.42 x 3.81
The first collection in English of the selected writings of German writer, critic and theorist Paul Scheerbart Understudied during much of the 20th century, Scheerbart is a modernist not for his own time, but for ours. Today, the history of European modernism is being rewritten by a new generation of scholars who are energetically mining the archives to bring forward those figures eclipsed by more famous brethren. Scheerbart now occupies a seat in the modernist pantheon as one of the first theorists of glass architecture, which he developed with Bruno Taut, and as an innovator of meta-fiction (pataphysical fiction), long before the likes of Perec and Borges (both of whom admired him). In his own time, Scheerbart was viewed as a dilettante or too eccentric by mainstream academics and critics, for he produced not just theory, but short stories, novels, plays, and the literary prank Perpetual Motion. Perpetual Motion was written in the guise of a scientific treatise on motion, though in fact it is a total fiction, even down to the diagrams. But when first published?and in fact until recently?it was received as a genuine motion study and became part of the...

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